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Vivo Y97 Hands-On: Budget-friendly Flagship Moves to Big Screen

The mid-range terminals are the point where users begin to demand a little more from manufacturers. It is the starting point for those looking for better designs and higher yields. And today there are two patterns that dominate the market of the highest range: sliding body devices and those with a very small notch. Continuing with the traditions of progressively passing technologies to the lower ranges, Vivo appears. Today we bring the Vivo Y97 Hands-On, the new company’s Smartphone that comes to reclaim its piece on the market.

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Vivo Y97 Hands-On Review – Images

Let’s start this Vivo Y97 Hands-On for what first calls our attention: its design. The terminal joins the fashion of including a small notch at the top to make the most of the screen. In this way, they manage to implement a 6.3″ panel with Full HD+ resolution (2280 x 1080p) that reaches a 19:9 aspect ratio.

Vivo Y97 Hands-On - Screen
2280 x 1080p, 6.3 inches. A true visual spectacle

The Vivo Y97 is a big phone. It has dimensions of 15.59 x 7.56 x 0.81cm, this being thick. The edges of the terminal are rounded, and it has a glass finish in all its texture. Thanks to this finish, the device boasts three colors to choose from: black, rose gold and aurora blue, all with gradients.

Vivo Y97 Hands-On - Cameras
The glass finish and the lower gradient add a touch of exclusivity to the Vivo Y97 Built.

Its design adapts to all current terminals with a double rear camera (which protrudes a little from the housing) and on the front has the reduced drop style notch where the front camera is located. In the images, we can see how this successful design helps to show off an impressive screen.

Vivo Y97 Hands-On - Front Camera
The drop notch design is perfect for the front camera and to earn a few inches on screen

Let us emphasize that the Vivo Y97 has chosen to conserve the 3.5mm Jack port and implement a micro USB 2.0 port for the rest of the connections.

Vivo Y97 Hands-On Review – The Specs

To continue with this Vivo Y97 Hands-On Review, let’s briefly review what makes this terminal a worthy contender for the mid-range. The processor selected for this machine is nothing more than a MediaTek Helio P60 octa-core that consists in an architecture of 4 Cortex-A73 of 2GHz and 4 Cortex-A53 of 2GHz. The GPU that accompanies it is the ARM Mali-G72 MP3, and to move the different functions of the terminal, we have 4GB of RAM. The ROM is quite good, reaching the 128GB, and it can be expanded by using micro SD cards of up to 256GB.

Vivo Y97 Hands-On - Specs
The Vivo Y97 comes with only one memory version

A detail that we mentioned previously is the excessive thickness of the terminal compared to other similar Smartphones. This was not a problem if it was justified with its battery. However, its capacity is only of 3315mAh, which places the Vivo Y97 behind other mid-range in the section of duration.

Vivo Y97 Hands-On - Dock
We are facing a very large terminal. Its size has its pros and cons.

The photographic section is pretty good thanks to a combination of 16.0MP+2.0MP rear sensors (with f/2.0 and f/2.4 focal apertures respectively) and a front camera that does not fall short thanks to its 16.0MP sensor with a f/2.0 focal aperture. As an addition to the latter, the Smartphone has Face ID.

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At the connection level, the Vivo Y97 dispenses with the NFC to make way for the classic FM radio. In any case, it is quite solved thanks to Bluetooth 5.0, the use of dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, and the incorporation of aGPS and GLONASS. The terminal operating system is Android 8.1 Oreo, which has the Funtouch OS 4.5 custom layer, which we remember is included in all Vivo’s terminals

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Vivo Y97 Hands-On Review – Price

At the moment, the terminal is scheduled to be released only in China. The Vivo Y97 will not have other memory combinations. The stipulated price is 1998 Yuan, which translates to approximately $289.95 or 249 Euros. The only way to acquire it at present globally is through importers, and to date, there are no plans to officially release it out of China.

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